“Treasure of China” Exhibition hosted by Riyadh
National Museum has attracted a large number of visitors who interacted with
the archaeological exhibits and artifacts which reflect cultural richness and
diversity of China and what distinguished it of various tourist and heritage
The exhibition contains 200 archeological artifacts
of Chinese civilization treasures
which attracted the attention of the exhibition visitors, on top of which is
one of the most famous wonders of the world, the Terracotta Warriors, made of
mud and ordered by the first emperor of China, in addition to a collection of
archaeological excavations and historical antiquities collected from 10 Chinese
museums chronologically ordered
beginning with the the phase of
‘The Beginning of Civilization, then the "Unification, Integration and
Development" phase, and the “Comprehensive and Diversified Foreign
Exchange" phase, the "Ocean Business and Trade Development "
phase, and finally the ‘Imperialism Power and Royal Tolerance”.
The exhibition of ‘Chinese Treasures’ presents models
of the ancient Chinese heritage extending to thousands of years including rare
pieces that have been displayed outside China for the first time. The exhibits
vary from pottery, bronze, jade stones, porcelain, gold, silver,enamel, and
many other Chinese treasures.
Dr. Haya al-Samhari, a writer in Al-Jazira
newspaper, explained that holding of “Treasures of China" exhibition at
the Riyadh National Museum isan evidence of the strong relations between Saudi
Arabia with its reputation, civilization and its pioneering future direction
and other countries, noting that the Chinese civilization is based on belief.
This establishes that any civilization can’t be established without a firm and
sincere belief that unleashes the sincerest creativity, pointing out that
China's civilization is a symbol of strength, beauty and creativity.
She pointed out to the necessity of celebrating the initiative of the Saudi Commission
for Tourism and National Heritage
of signing agreements with a number of
countries where ‘Roads to Arabia,
Archaeological Treasures of the Saudi Arabia’ exhibition was held to hold
archaeological exhibitions at
Riyadh National Museum, and that it should receive a distinctive coverage from
different media, calling on all segments of the society to visit the exhibition
to get informed of the high cultural level reached by the Saudi Arabia in the
communication between them and the countries of the world, and the high
appreciation enjoyed by the KSA that these countries brought out their treasures
and antiquities for us to see it in the KSA.
Mr. Khalid Al-Ghanim, Director of Al-Yawm newspaper
in Riyadh, said that "Treasures of China" Exhibition presented a
comprehensive picture of the ancient Chinese civilization through the various
artifacts exhibited therein, noting the comprehensive background possessed by
the staff of the National Museum of all the historical monuments and the
historical periods to which each piece belongs.
He pointed out that the exhibition has presented
beliefs about the Chinese civilization, of which the Great Wall of China and
the Dragon are known, where the exhibition contained Chinese pots and clothes,
and now we know how the Silk Road started and where it arrived.
Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Hilwi, Head of Visitor
Relations Department at the National Museum, said that "Treasures of
China" Exhibition receives a great attraction from visitors, both
citizens, residents, male and female school students and media figures, as well
as Chinese visitors who stressed the importance of the exhibition and the
valuable artifacts it contains. He said that the exhibition represents a
valuable opportunity to Riyadh residents and visitors to see a collection of
the rarest artifacts that embody the ancient civilizations of China.
He stressed that Riyadh National Museum’s hosting
many international exhibitions, reflect the cultural and civilized openness and
exchange between the KSA and the world. He pointed out that the coming period
will witness holding a number of antiquities and heritage exhibitions from
different countries in the world to be showcased at Riyadh National Museum.
This comes as a result of a number of joint cooperation agreements signed between the
Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage with a number of countries
where the exhibition "masterpieces of the effects of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia through the ages" was held.
Mr. Al-Halawi noted the great role played by the
National Museum to introduce the Saudi public to the world's civilizations
through exhibitions held in the National Museum. The museum staff explain to
the public about all the artifacts and civilizations to which these pieces
belong, in addition to providing them with introductory publications about the
global civilizations and the activities and programs accompanying holding this
kind of exhibitions.
The exhibition comes as an extension of co-operation
in the field of archaeology between Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of
China in the framework of the joint cooperation agreement signed between Saudi Arabia represented by the
Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the People’s Republic of
China represented by the State Administration of the Chinese Cultural Heritage
in archaeology, which includes cooperation in the fields of archaeological
research, archaeology exhibitions and museum.
On the sideline of “Treasures of China” exhibition,
held from 13/9 – 23/11/2018,the Saudi National Museum is going to display
models of the Chinese Archaeological artifacts recovered during the archaeological
excavations at various sites of Saudi Arabia which represent the commercial
exchange between China and the Arabic peninsula civilizations. Anavenue will be
allocated to introduce the excavation worksbeing implemented currently by the
joint Saudi-Chinese team at Al-Sereen site in Qunfudha Governorate within the
international Saudi missionaries working at archaeological excavationsin Saudi
It should be pointed out that the SCTH has signed
agreements with a number of countries
where ‘Roads to Arabia, Archaeological Treasures of the Saudi Arabia’
exhibition was held to hold archaeological exhibitions at Riyadh National Museum where the
coming period will witness a number of archaeological and heritage exhibitions to be displayed at the National
Museum within the Visiting Exhibition
Program at the museum which is considered one of the tracks of the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program to Take care of Cultural Heritage
implemented by the SCTH. – SCTH